Mileage: 16 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 1965ft/6365ft
Map: Green Trails Enchantments No. 209s
Favorite Eats After Hike: I usually eat at Gustav’s, they have a great spinach salad.
11/15/2015 We headed out to find some snow today and were rewarded. The trail was wet. flat and muddy most of the way to Lake Stuart and a wet soppy marsh between the lake and the horseshoe nailed on the tree. Those famous downed trees are still there, only covered in snow and ice now. If there was a trail heading up to Horseshoe Lake, it’s anyone’s guess now that it is snow covered most of the way up. My advice: follow a stream up/down. We did not take the same route up as we did down, with a little help from GPS. The snow was about knee deep around the lake, the top layer frozen with the temps being in the mid 20s. Beautiful, though!
Directions: Drive Hwy 2 to Leavenworth and right onto Icicle Creek Road at MP 99. Turn left after 8.5 miles onto Eightmile Road, and continue on this dirt road for 3.8 miles to a large parking lot and the TH. The trail becomes washboarded as the season progresses, so high clearance vehicles are recommended. A toilet is available at the TH.
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